United States v. Trenkler
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
61 F.3d 45 (1st Cir. 1995)
On October 28, 1991, a bomb exploded at the Roslindale, Massachusetts house of Thomas Shay, Sr., killing one member of the bomb squad and severely injuring another. Thomas Shay Jr. and Alfred Trenkler (defendant) were charged with the bombing. Trenkler was tried separately from Shay Jr. The prosecution contended that Trenkler had built the bomb for his friend Shay Jr. to use against his father. The prosecution also sought to admit evidence of a similar bomb built by Trenkler used in a bombing in Quincy, Massachusetts. The prosecution contended that striking similarities in the two bombs showed that Trenkler also built the Roslindale bomb. The bombs were similar in components, design, and construction. The prosecution also brought in testimony that a computer database of explosives which stored information on bomb characteristics identified the two bombs as similar. The district court ruled the evidence admissible. Trenkler was convicted and appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stahl, J.)
Dissent (Torruella, C.J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 170,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.